Five Principles of Grazing Management

Thanks to Scott Jensen, University of Idaho Extension out of Owyhee County for this great article. He takes concepts that lots of folks talk about and puts them into easy to understand steps. Common to many cattle producers around the world is the fear of wasting grass. “No blade left behind” could be a resounding chorus. What many producers fail to understand is that what they leave behind is more important than what they take. In other words, the residual (living) grass left in a pasture following grazing is vitally important to the recovery and productivity of the pasture. Pasture grasses need to be able to photosynthesize in order to grow. Photosynthesis takes place mainly in the leaves. When sufficient leaf material is left, pastures can recover more rapidly. There are five key principles of livestock grazing management that, when applied, are beneficial to both the livestock and the pasture resource. These five principles apply to irrigated pastures as well as on desert rangeland, although the scale and conditions of each certainly affect the specific application of the principles. One thing should be understood right up front. There is no silver bullet that will work under all conditions or across all ranches. With that said, the five principles are: 1. Adjust the rest period as pasture growth rate changes This is a concept that Dave Pratt covers in depth in this On Pasture article.[/cap

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  1. I am a selective binge feeder. I take the steak and wrinkle up my nose before reluctantly eating the cooked spinach.

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